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Bachelor of Performing Arts

Course code Y97

Explores original, self-devised and collaborative approaches to researching, creating, producing and presenting contemporary arts practice.

The course focuses on all aspects of performance in a broader context rather than singular training in acting, dance or music. It provides students with coherent knowledge of the performing arts, combining theoretical and technical knowledge of performance and seeks to unlock limitations through practical inquiry. It also examines the ever-evolving nature of contemporary practice and new approaches to presentation and production.

Students will develop critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills. Self-directed projects will develop confidence in working independently and highly collaborative group work will develop the ability to work as part of a cohesive team. The third year offers the opportunity for students to focus on a particular discipline or area of practice.

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Course overview

Choose student type

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

Y97

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $9,700

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

3 years full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup
Mount Lawley FT
South West
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

Y97

CRICOS code

077131G

Fees

International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $33,550

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

3 years full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup
Mount Lawley FT
South West
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

  • The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.

    All applicants are required to attend an audition. This is inclusive of an interview component. Applicants will be assessed on their ability to meet the technical requirements of the course and their suitability for the industry.

    Note For more information, including guidelines for specific disciplines, please see our Interviews, folios and auditions web page.

    All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • AQF Cert IV;
    • Successfully completed 0.25 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
    • Undergraduate Certificate;
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • University Preparation Course;*
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
    • Aboriginal University Readiness Assessment; or*
    • Experience Based Entry Scheme.*

    * Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

    For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

  • English competency requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Year 12 English ATAR/English Literature ATAR grade C or better or equivalent;
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0);
    • Successfully completed 1.0 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher in the UK, Ireland, USA, NZ or Canada;
    • University Preparation Course;
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
    • Aboriginal University Readiness Assessment;*
    • AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree;
    • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent); or
    • Other tests, courses or programs defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

    * Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

Applications for this course are not accepted through ECU's Experience Based Entry Scheme.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Mount Lawley

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Mount Lawley

Course Structure

Students are required to complete: a Core program of 4 Foundation units; plus an 8-unit Major and 4 related Special Skills units. This is supported by a Supplementary Program, approved by the Course Coordinator, comprising of: a second Major; or a Minor plus Elective units; or Elective units. The second major or minor can be from within or outside the School.

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
BPA1205Research and Writing in the Performing Arts15
BPA2110Australian Theatre and Performance in Context 15
BPA3545Creativity and Collaboration in the Performing Arts15
PAM2016Arts Management15
Unit from Majorx 8120
Unit from Specialisationx 4 Special Skill Units60
Unit from Supplementary Programx 8120
Special Skills Units - Performance Making Major
Unit Code Unit TitleCredit Points
Select 4 units from:
PMA1005Voice Fundamentals15
PMA1007Movement Fundamentals15
PMA2003Directing Workshop15
PMA1010Devising Physical Performance15
Special Skills Units - Practice Transition Major and Production and Design Major
Unit Code Unit TitleCredit Points
Select 4 units from:
PAM1002 ^Technical Theatre 115
PAM1008 ^Design Development for Performance15
PAM1013 ^Theatre Workshop 115
PAM1017 ^Vocal Technique 115
PAM1029 ^Research and Computing Skills15
PMA2003 ^Directing Workshop15
PAM2102 ^Technical Theatre 215
PAM2111 ^Physical Theatre - Physical Performance 115
PAM2118 ^Dance Styles 215
PAM2121 ^Playwriting Workshop 115
PAM2130 ^Special Topics 115
PAM3110 ^Jazz Dance15
PAM3219 ^Acting for Camera15
PAM3230 ^Improvisation for Performance15
PMA2010 ^Comic Performance15

^ Core Option

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

Majors you can study in this course

Course notes

Important course notes

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply broad discipline knowledge and technical skills to a range of discipline specific theoretical or practical tasks for the performing arts and entertainment industry context. (AQF Bach: 1, 2, 3)
  2. Think critically to analyse, interpret, conceptualise and synthesise disciplinary knowledge in solving complex problems for the performing arts and entertainment industry context. (AQF Bach: 2, 3, 4)
  3. Think creatively to anticipate challenges and generate discipline specific solutions and responses for the performing arts and entertainment industry context (AQF Bach: 3, 4, 6).
  4. Use digital technologies and literacies to access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information from multiple sources in the development of work for the performing arts and entertainment industry context. (AQF Bach: 3, 4, 7)
  5. Communicate disciplinary knowledge and ideas clearly, coherently and with independence in tasks or situations relevant to the professional performing arts and entertainment industry. (AQF Bach: 5)
  6. Adapt knowledge and skills for diverse contexts demonstrating a global outlook with respect for cultural diversity, including Indigenous cultural competence. (AQF Bach: 7)
  7. Work collaboratively and demonstrate initiative to implement social, sustainable, and ethical values in undertaking their discipline specific roles for projects in the performing arts and entertainment industry context. (AQF Bach: 4,6,8)
  8. Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and judgement for their own learning and/or professional practice in discipline relevant tasks or situations for the performing arts and entertainment industry context. (AQF Bach: 1,7,8)

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Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $9,700 *

* Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $33,550 *

* International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, and has been calculated based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for each individual unit you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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Career Opportunities

This course is underpinned by core performance, communication and management skills that are necessary to gain professional employment as a contemporary arts practitioner.

Possible future job titles

Performer, Musician, Director, Choreographer, Designer, Composer, Sound Designer, Arranger, Dramaturg, Playwright

Become World Ready

Explore your options

  • "When you choose to study at WAAPA, you'll be joining one of the world's most celebrated performing arts academies, recognised for the quality of its graduates-turned-stars."

  • WAAPA’s production of Crazy for You at His Majesty’s Theatre in Perth provided opportunities for students Holly Ballam (Stage Management) and Samuel Moloney (Music Theatre) to combine their backstage and on-stage skills under the watchful eye of industry professionals.

  • Our Bachelor of Performing Arts (Performance Making major) prepares self-reliant and entrepreneurial artists to be the initiators of their own work.

Student stories

  • Alex Beard

    Alexander Beard

    Bachelor of Performing Arts student

    WAAPA has led to opportunities I would never have thought realistic three years ago

    This is largely thanks to the incredible work of the staff who go out of their way to help each student realise their ambitions. The most rewarding parts of the course, so far, for me have been devising and performing a solo piece, working with James Berlyn on Memory Bones at His Majesty’s Theatre. And also the study tour to the Intercultural Theatre Institute in Singapore in early 2017.

    If you’re interested in writing, directing, performing and/or running your own theatre company, this is the course for you.

  • Charlotte Otton

    Charlotte Otton

    WAAPA Performing Arts graduate

    The best part of being at WAAPA is having the access and privilege of being taught by some incredible teachers, being surrounded by creativity day in and day out and having the space to fail

    The arts industry in Australia is benefitting from some very clever, creative young theatre makers. Makers that I am extremely proud to be in the WAAPA alumni pool with.

  • Mariah O'Dea

    Mariah O'Dea

    WAAPA Performing Arts graduate

    The Bachelor of Performing Arts has given me the skills to maintain, develop and practice as an independent artist

    The Bachelor of Performing Arts is the type of course that doesn't confine you to one specific artistic form. Instead it opens doors and windows to numerous forms of performance art and how it exists in the world, broadening your own horizons of how you can be a part of it.

    It has let me experience what was once unknown practices such as the Suzuki Training Method and Butoh, it has even taken me to Singapore to train with many different cultures from all around the world at ITI. But most importantly, it has taught me what it truly means to be an artist &ndash.

Quick guide to uni-speak

    • ATAR is the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank, the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate university courses in Australia. The ATAR is a percentile score which denotes a student's ranking relative to their state-wide peers upon completion of their secondary education.

    • CRICOS is the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. A CRICOS code is allocated to education institutions (like ECU) who are approved to recruit, enrol and deliver education to overseas students. Courses with a CRICOS code are available to international students who meet the entry requirements.

    • A major, or unit set, is your chosen area of in-depth study in an undergraduate course. It usually involves 8 units of study, or one-third of the units in a 3-year degree. Talk to your Student Information Office if you need help choosing a major subject.

    • Minors include between 4 and 6 study units in a specific discipline. Not all courses require you to complete a minor. Your minor subject doesn't appear on your printed degree (parchment), but is part of your academic transcript.

    • If you're enrolled in 3 or more units in a semester this is considered full-time study. To complete most 3-year degrees studying full-time you'll need to complete 4 units per semester, i.e. 24 units over 3 years.

    • If a course is available to study part-time you can generally expect it to take twice as long to complete as it would in full-time mode. Part-time students are enrolled in 1 or 2 units maximum per semester.

      Note: International students who hold a student visa can only choose the full-time study option for our courses. This is to ensure the course is completed within the duration of the student visa.

    • Most courses start in Semester 1 each year, usually in the last week of February. Some courses can be started in Semester 2 (we call this mid-year). There's a week of Orientation before each semester to help you get used to uni life.

    • A lot of our courses start in Semester 2 each year, usually in the last week of July. We call this mid-year. There's a week of Orientation beforehand to help you get used to uni life.

    • We use a points system to make it easier for you to understand your study progress. Most Bachelors degree study units are allocated 15 credit points. If you're studying a 3-year full-time degree you'll need to successfully complete 360 credit points - that's 24 units x 15 points per unit.

    • These are compulsory units you have to successfully complete as part of your course.

    • An elective is a unit you choose to study that counts towards your course requirements, but isn't compulsory. For some courses we recommend elective units. In some situations, a course coordinator may approve an elective unit as a replacement for a compulsory one.

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